Posted by: bklunk | December 4, 2006

Latin American Politics

With the success of Hugo Chavez and Lula, maybe Calderon is seeing some writing on the wall.

Anti-Poverty Crusade,CST-NWS-mex26.article

This article follows the news of President-elect Felipe Calderon electing close allies from his National Action Party to lead crucial anti-poverty efforts.  These are crucial in that they can win the support of millions of por Mexicans who voted for his opponent.  In an election that was won by less than 1 percent, and divided Mexico’s rich and poor, this endevour is definately an important one for Calderon to take.  With much contreversy still brewing between Calderon and his defeated opponent, Obrador, pleasing the poor half that did not vote for him is definately important if he wishes to gain support for the rest of his presidency.  While this is definately an attempt to lure support, the task is a step in the right direction if and only if Calderon’s appointed members succeed in decreasing the poverty level in Mexico.  Calderon’s Presidency has just begun so I find this initiative to be a noble one.

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  1. I believe that Calderon’s efforts to thwart poverty right off the bat is both a necessary and honorbale move. He realizes that in order to keep his presidence strong and to aid the poor of Mexico, actions against poverty are necessary. I don’t believe that the poverty issue in Mexico was completely out of his mind when running for election, it may have been something his opponent focused on more and therefore received more publicity for the fight against poverty. Even if this is an attempt to gain support by a greater majority, I too believe that it is something that needs to be done and Calderon realizes it to be necessary to aid not only his political party but his country as well.

  2. I agree with Angela that Calderon’s move was both necessary and honorable. The situation in Oaxaca has demonstrated the opposition to the election, and if Calderon fails to reach out to the opposition groups, we could be in store for many more repeat riots. But the move reminds me of Bush and Cheney wearing Blue ties after the mid-term election: they may be a symbol of working together, but unless the policies actually succeed in reaching out, it is just that; a symbol. Lets hope he does succeed, or the symbol may not be enough to avoid more tragedy in Mexico.

  3. I agree with what both Angela and Brian have said in regards to Calderon’s new plans as President. It was without a doubt necessary that he combat poverty in the country and work towards decreasing the gap between the rich and poor. I think it’s great that Calderon is adopting some of Obrador’s ideas and working on getting them into action. But like Brian mentioned in his response, it’s going to be a waiting game to see if Calderon is successful in his efforts. If Calderon is successful, I think it will be a great starting point for the country to become more united not only politically speaking, but socially (economic classes) speaking as well.

  4. It’s great that Calderon is adopting some of Obrador’s ideas which reach out to the poor population of Mexico. His victory was by a slim 1%, thus he should realize that there is a large population of Mexicans who did not agree with his viewpoints, but Obrador’s. Hopefully Calderon was made more aware of the large rich/poor gap and has a desire to not only reach out to his wealthy supporters, but also his poor citizens whom he has promised to represent as president. I believe that if Calderon makes a real effort to bridge the rich/poor gap, which will lay the pathway for Mexico to start to take great steps forward. However, like people say, only time will tell if his intentions are wholesome.

  5. It is very important for Calderon to develop support of the majority of the Mexican people. If he is able to this is will be a great benefit for the country. The gap between the rich and the poor is tremendous in Mexico, and he needs to find a way to raise that lower tier. From what he has said it looks very promising. He definitely needs to work together with the other political parties within Mexico in order to achieve this goal. It appears that Mexico is off to the right track in solving this major problem and hopefully good things are in the future for the Mexican people

  6. I agree with RP in the fact that in order to win the hearts and minds of the Mexican people, any leader must develop support from a majority of its citizens. It is also a good thing that although Obrador did not come out on top in this election, some of his ideas are being promoted and adopted by Calderon, which thereby creates more unity towards support for him since the margin was so slim between both candidates.

  7. Is Calderon really worried about the poverty problem in Mexico or is this merely a political move to gain support? With many South American countries turning to socialism – with a healthy mix of anti-American sentiment – to battle poverty. It will be interesting to see whether or not Mexico follows the path of capitalism (winning support from America) or socialism (winning support from other Southern American states).

  8. Calderon’s crusade against poverty is in deed a noble one, but I wonder what this policy entails. If he does try to enact policy that has a socialist leaning what support would he get from the United States? Mexico is in a tough position, stuck between two strong ideologies, capitalism and socialism. Mexico is also divided by what its people want and Calderon will have to remember that before making any sweeping policies.

  9. Indeed, these were definatley the responses I had assumed people would have towards Calderon’s crusade. As of today, no recent news has come of the implemented plan but will be something to keep a close eye. Will Calderon protect the wellbeing of his country or will he give in to politcal party temptation?

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